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Project no.3
Bean Cutter

Project Manager: Mechanical Plunger System & Electrical Circuit Wiring

Role: designed CAD model of mechanical plunger and hardwired electrical components

A prototype solution design/build to replace the existing tip removal machine currently employed by Matt & Steve’s Tasty Beverage Company, creators of The Extreme Bean. They company has reached out to Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning to provide an automated bean cutting mechanism with $10,000 fund to complete the project. This mechanism is to cut the top of the beans flush with the rim of the jars consistently without coming into contact with the top of the jars.

Matt and Steve require an automated bean top cutting mechanism to cut tops of beans flush with the rim of a jar to prevent any issues at the capping procedure. This process must be repeatable with no chance of jar breakages. The new cutting mechanism is to be incorporated into the existing bean cutting enclosure. This cutting mechanism and the conveyor system are to function together. The solution must be capable of removing the ends of the beans in such a way that jars exiting the machine will not have beans extending above their openings by any amount, and the machine must process jars at a rate of one case (twelve jars) every ten seconds. In addition to these requirements, the following constraints must be adhered to:

  • Solution must be able to handle a minimum of two jar sizes, both of which will have some variation in dimension, as jars are not a precision part

  • All materials used must be food-grade (stainless steel being the preference); Note- For this prototype design/build, some materials used were non-food-grade in order to preserve budget

  • Inside of the machine must be easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance

  • Machine must fit within the footprint of the existing machine (35” x 39”)

  • Machine must have a waste removal function

  • Solution must be continuous (i.e. the tip removal process must meet the speed demands of the rest of the line)

  • No exposed wires

  • Any overhead nuts, bolts, or other parts that may come loose must have a catch in place to prevent them from falling into the jars

  • Must be fully-mechanical function and no programming; exclude the use of PLC and HMI

Even though the client was leaning towards non-programmable machine, after the final prototype demonstration, it was suggested to our client to use PLC instead of relying on fully M&E functioning machine to ease the complexity for maintenance and troublshooting when problems occur.

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Team: Extreme Beans

Team: Extreme Beans

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